Legislator pushes sports gambling plan that would fall under Ohio Lottery Commission

A state legislator behind a plan to legalize sports gambling is making his case that Ohio should join neighboring states in permitting such wagering, and that the Ohio Lottery Commission is the legal and best option to serve as the regulator.

Rep. Dave Greenspan’s plan introduced in the Ohio House differs from a Senate proposal that would instead put the Ohio Casino Control Commission in charge of regulating sports betting. But the competing plans are in agreement that wagering would take place in Ohio’s casinos, racinos and online.

“I believe we will have sports gaming in the state,” Greenspan told cleveland.com editors and reporters on Monday.

Greenspan, a Westlake Republican, said that under the House bill he is co-sponsoring with Cincinnati Democrat Brigid Kelly, betting could start about six months after the governor’s signature. But he declined to guess how long it will take to work out a deal in the legislature.

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